A Rich History and Culture.

Heritage Hikes

Winner of The Pitch’s 2004 Best of Kansas City: Best Way to Learn Something New About Kansas City

Heritage Hikes highlight the architecture and history of each neighborhood. “Hikers” receive brochures which contain maps of the neighborhood with dialogue for each significant site noting the address, date built, architect(s) and the building’s description. Your guide is Lucinda Rice-Petrie, a HKC Past President and a current member of the Board of Directors. She holds a Master of Arts degree in American history, a BS in Education and a Life Certificate to teach in the State of Missouri from the University of Missouri. Lucinda serves as the liaison to Missouri Preservation. Dust off your walking shoes and join us as we return to yester year and learn about Kansas City’s Heritage through the city’s historic built environment.

All hikes are rain or shine! Each Heritage Hike from start to completion is around 3 miles hiked.  DRESS ACCORDING TO WEATHER CONDITIONS! For fees and scheduling, please visit our calendar.  Or, for more information email Lucinda Rice-Petrie at lrpmudg@aol.com.

A Heritage Hike series includes three (3) Heritage Hikes. The cost for the entire series is $60.00 per person.  If a hiker prefers to enroll in one (1) Heritage Hike the cost is $25.00 per person.  Should a hiker prefer to pay by check, make check payable to Historic Kansas City and mail to 234 West 10th Street, Kansas City, MO 64105.

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#1 Heritage Hike: Kansas City’s Historic Immigrant Communities

Columbus Park –  October 12, 2017 @ 9:00am

Meeting Place 911 East Missouri Avenue, Holy Rosary Catholic Church

By the 1920s, the single largest immigrant group to Kansas City was the Italians, coming primarily from Sicily. Together with the German immigrants they resides in a sub-community known as “Little Italy” which is now Columbus Park, and were to eventually command political influence by virtue of their cohesiveness. Once home to Kansas Citys infamous mafia scene in the early 1900s Columbus Park has transformed into a tapestry of multiculturalism.


#2 Heritage Hike: Kansas City’s Historic Immigrant Communities

Kansas City’s West Side Story…The Irish, Swedish and Hispanic Communities

October 19, 2017 @ 9:00am

Convene in front of the Sacred Heart Catholic Church, 2544 Madison Avenue


This hike includes the church mentioned below, The Guadalupe Center, The Shrine of Guadalupe, an array of homes located along the 1600 sections of Jefferson and Summit streets and other historic sites. The view of Kansas City’s Downtown is amazing from 1600 Jefferson Street!  The view incredible visage usually overwhelms the hikes.

#3 Heritage Hike: Kansas City’s Historic Immigrant Communities

From Catalpa Trees and Cottonwoods to the “West Bottoms” – October 26, 2017 @ 9:00am

Meeting Place 1221 Union Avenue, Commercial Warehouse

The West Bottoms was originally referred to as the “French Bottoms”. It was the site of trade between French trappers and Kansas Indians. The area was established by the trappers as an area of commerce. The stockyards flourished through the 1940s and at its peak only the Union Stock Yards in Chicago were bigger.

The latest redevelopment attracted upscale and artistic tenants to redevelop buildings and helping reestablish the West Bottoms area.